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Six Additional YogaFit Studios To Open In Twin Cities Metro Area »

August 01, 2014 at 11:27AM PDT | Source: YogaFit Studios

Lift Brands Expects Steady Growth of Newest Fitness Concept
July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS – Lift Brands, parent company to Snap Fitness and five other wellness concepts, has sold six new YogaFit Studio franchises, which are in development to open in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area by the end of 2014. Lift Brands launched the YogaFit Studio concept, which is a first-of-its-kind premier yoga franchise, last May when it opened its first location in Excelsior, MN.
"Since we began offering franchise sales in late July, we have been fielding hundreds of inquiries from people interested in the YogaFit Studio concept and intrigued by our new model, which offers yoga at an unprecedented price point for the consumer," said Peter Taunton, Lift Brands Founder and CEO...

New Sears Outlet Store Opens In Modesto »

August 01, 2014 at 10:58AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Broad Assortment of Merchandise Marked Significantly Lower Than Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Prices
MODESTO, Calif - Aug. 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) has opened its newest California Sears Outlet Store on July 31 at 1800 Prescott Avenue in Modesto.
The Modesto location marks the seventh opening of a new Sears Outlet Store this year and the 18th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats.
"The Modesto community can expect a treasure hunt feel as they explore our wide variety of products, all at a great value," said Sajid Malik, store manager of the new Sears Outlet Store in Modesto. "It's like a paradise for shoppers who love to find bargains...

New Menchie's Store In Westfield Oakridge Mall Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

August 01, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
August 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // San Jose, Calif. - Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in San Jose at 925 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose, CA 95123. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a San Jose favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a soft opening and a two-day grand opening celebration from Friday, August 8 to Sunday, August 10, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"Menchie's yogurt, charity fundraising initiatives and focus on quality of not only the yogurt but also the total experience impressed me when I was vetting franchises," said franchisee Gabriel Dosdos...

Caring Senior Service Announces Fifth Annual DME Drive »

August 01, 2014 at 8:40AM PDT | Source: Caring Senior Service
Caring Senior Service Opportunities Available

In-Home Care Franchise To Raise Awareness for The Need of Affordable Medical Equipment
August 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // San Antonio, TX – Caring Senior Service, a nationally recognized non-medical in-home care company announced today the start of its fifth annual durable medical equipment (DME) drive to provide seniors in need with access to complimentary medical devices. Members of the community are encouraged to donate new or gently used equipment to help seniors receive the tools required to lead a healthy life.
Each local collection site will accept mobility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and canes; personal care items including diapers, bathing and bathroom accessories; exercise therapy equipment such as treadmills, hydraulic machines, and steppers; and daily living aids including respiratory aids, hearing aids and lift chairs...

Hilton Worldwide Reports Strong Second Quarter 2014 Results, Exceeding EPS And RevPAR Expectations; Raises Full Year Outlook »

August 01, 2014 at 8:38AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

MCLEAN, Va. - August 01, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. ("Hilton," "Hilton Worldwide" or the "Company") (NYSE: HLT) today reported its second quarter 2014 results and raised its full year 2014 outlook. Highlights include:

EPS and EPS, adjusted for special items, for the second quarter both increased 24 percent from the same period in 2013 to $0.21
Net income attributable to Hilton stockholders for the second quarter was $209 million, an increase of 35 percent from the same period in 2013
Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter increased more than 10 percent from the same period in 2013 to $651 million and Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 110 basis points
Management and franchise fees for the second quarter increased 14 percent from the same period in 2013 to $371 million
System-wide comparable RevPAR increased 6...

Good Times Sales Accelerate »

August 01, 2014 at 8:27AM PDT | Source: Good Times

July Same Store Sales +13.7%, Two Year Increase of +32.1%
Announces New Hatch Valley Green Chile Tortas
GOLDEN, Colo. - August 01, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq:GTIM), operator of Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, a regional quick-service restaurant chain focused on fresh, high-quality, all-natural products and a licensee of Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, a full-service, upscale concept today announced that its same store sales increased 13.7% in July 2014 over the prior year's increase of 18.4%, representing a two year increase of 32.1%, the tenth consecutive month of two-year same store increases over 20% and an acceleration of the recent 27-28% two year sales increases.
Boyd Hoback, President & CEO said, "The two-year increase of 32...

Home2 Suites By Hilton® Opens Fourth Property In Pennsylvania »

August 01, 2014 at 8:14AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry is the Second Hotel in the Pittsburgh Area
JULY 31, 2014 // Franchising.com // PITTSBURGH and McLean, Va. – Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, today announced the opening of its 38th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry. This is the fourth property for the brand in Pennsylvania, the second in the Pittsburgh metro area.
"Bringing yet another Home2 Suites to the area is an exciting opportunity for the brand as a whole," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites and Homewood Suites. "For a new hotel brand writing its own story, it is my pleasure to announce that Home2 Suites is growing in a city known for its historical culture...

Cincinnati Senior Care Company Receives 2014 Best Of Home Care® Employer Of Choice Award »

August 01, 2014 at 8:08AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Cincinnati, Ohio (PRWEB) August 01, 2014 - Home Care Assistance of Cincinnati, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, is honored to be recognized as a 2014 Best of Home Care Employer of Choice. This prestigious award is given to home care providers who rank in the top 50th percentile in one or more employee satisfaction categories, based on monthly satisfaction interviews conducted by Home Care Pulse.
"The Best of Home Care Awards recognize the leading home care businesses, the best of the best!" says Home Care Pulse Founder and CEO Aaron Marcum. "We are excited to announce these award-winners and celebrate their dedication to providing quality in-home care."
Home Care Pulse created these awards to identify those agencies in the in-home care space that demonstrate a passion for client and employee satisfaction and thereby help families make better care decisions for their aging loved ones...

Papa Murphy's Renews Exclusive Partnership With PepsiCo »

August 01, 2014 at 7:50AM PDT | Source: Papa Murphy's
Papa Murphy's Opportunities Available

Multi-year Agreement Includes All Papa Murphy's Locations Nationwide
VANCOUVER, Wash. - August 01, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) the world's leading take 'n' bake pizza franchise, today announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with PepsiCo to renew their longstanding partnership of over 16 years. Under the new deal, PepsiCo will remain the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage provider and offer its iconic brands such as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mug Root Beer and Sierra Mist at more than 1,400 locations across the United States.
"For more than 16 years, we have been proud to partner with PepsiCo to offer our customers products from one of the world's leading beverage companies to accompany our fresh, take and bake pizza," commented Ken Calwell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc...

Caliburger Enters Franchise Agreement To Develop 10 Units In Maryland »

August 01, 2014 at 7:38AM PDT | Source: CaliBurger

First Franchised Stores To Open After Company Units In D.C.
August 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // Washington, D.C. - CaliBurger™ announced today that it has executed a franchise agreement with an experienced operator to develop ten CaliBurger restaurants in Maryland. The opening of the first franchised restaurants will follow the launch of CaliBurger's company owned units in Washington DC.
The franchisee is Goel Management LLC, an organization that operates a portfolio of Baja Fresh restaurants in the Maryland area. Sumeet Goel, President of the firm, stated: "We wanted to take a position in the growing premium burger market with a brand that stands out among its competitors based on the value proposition; CaliBurger provides the highest quality product we have tried at a meaningful price discount to its competitors...

Ben & Jerry's Scoop Truck Makes Its Debut In Chi-Town »

August 01, 2014 at 7:28AM PDT | Source: Ben & Jerry's

Vermont's Finest Delivers Free Scoops on its Quest for Local Flavor in the Windy City
BURLINGTON, Vt. - August 01, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Calling all Ben & Jerry's ice cream fans! It is officially the sweetest time of year. Today, Ben & Jerry's Scoop Truck kicks of its first-ever tour in Chicago, giving away FREE scoops to loyal fans. The truck will be scooping its newest line of flavor innovations: Ben & Jerry's Cores. And if that wasn't enough, Ben & Jerry's very own Storyteller, will be joining the truck crew, giving ice cream lovers the inside scoop on the truck's winding path and reporting on all the things that make this Midwest city so unique from the people she meets, to the food she tries and the experiences she has throughout the month...

Lawyers Of Color Recognizes Nixon Peabody Attorneys »

August 01, 2014 at 6:57AM PDT | Source: Nixon Peabody LLP

August 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // Boston, MA - We are pleased that Leah Threatte Bojnowski and Jaya Velamakanni have been selected by Lawyers of Color as part of its second annual Hot List in the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic regions, respectively. Ms. Threatte Bojnowski is an Albany, NY–based Commercial Litigation associate and Ms. Velamakanni is a member of the firm's Tax Credit Finance & Syndication practice based in our Washington, DC, office.
The Lawyers of Color selection committee reviewed nominations from mentors, peers and colleagues, and researched bar publications and legal blogs in order to identify candidates. Honorees were also selected based on noteworthy accomplishments and through participation in legal industry activities...

CPR Cell Phone Repair Services Opens New Franchise Store In Wappingers Falls, NY »

August 01, 2014 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: CPR Cell Phone Repair

Wappingers Falls, NY - August 01, 2014 - (PR.com) - CPR Cell Phone Repair, the fastest growing wireless technology franchise network in the United States, is pleased to announce the opening of a new store located in Wappingers Falls, NY. Tom Ponmalayil is warmly welcomed to CPR’s rapidly expanding network as he opens his new Wappingers Falls repair store.
Ponmalayil joins the CPR franchise network with over 20 years of technical and project management experience. He has worked with a number of Fortune 100 companies and most recently spent 10 years at Cisco Systems. Ponmalayil’s extensive technical and management experience will benefit the customers of his Wappingers Falls repair store.
"I am really pleased to be opening a CPR store that will provide fast, affordable repairs for cell phones, tablets, laptops and gaming devices...

Title Boxing Club Cool Springs Launches Sweepstakes To Celebrate Their Grand Opening »

August 01, 2014 at 6:47AM PDT | Source: TITLE Boxing Club
TITLE Boxing Club Opportunities Available

Grand Opening of Title Boxing Club Cool Springs
Franklin, TN (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 - Title Boxing Club Cool Springs is opening its door August 18th. To celebrate they have launched a Facebook Sweepstakes giving away prizes – including an Entire Year's membership. To enter all you have to do is visit http://www.facebook.com/titleboxingcoolsprings and click on the "Hit It Hard" Sweepstakes. Once you enter, share with your friends, and for each one that enters, you will receive an additional chance to win!
"We are so excited to bring such a new and unique workout to the Franklin/Cool Springs area…and what's a better way to celebrate than to give away prizes?" said Sheeva Rouhanifard, one of the Cool Springs location's partners...

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing Opens In Cincinnati Market »

August 01, 2014 at 6:41AM PDT | Source: Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 - Miracle Method, the nation's largest surface refinishing company, has announced the opening of its newest franchise in the Cincinnati, Ohio market. Jim Hudek, his wife Mary Beth and their children live in Hamilton, Ohio just north of Cincinnati. Jim has owned a very successful painting business for over 20 years and was ready to start something new.
While listening to radio talk host Gary Sullivan, Jim heard about Miracle Method and thought that his market needed the services that Miracle Method offers. "The strong business model and tools available to franchisees are unbelievable, something I wish I had when I started my painting business. It took me years to develop my own systems to run a successful painting business...

Hilton Worldwide Announces Further Expansion Of The DoubleTree By Hilton Brand In Australia »

August 01, 2014 at 6:28AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

DoubleTree by Hilton brand strengthens presence in Australian market with the signing of the DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns
August 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // SYDNEY, Australia - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of the 237 room DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns. Located at 121 The Esplanade, DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns will enjoy a prime waterfront location. Formerly the Holiday Inn Cairns, the property will join Hilton Worldwide’s Australasian portfolio of 21 hotels in the fourth quarter of 2014.
"DoubleTree by Hilton continues to be one of the fastest growing full service hotel brands in the world, and we are thrilled to continue this growth in a market as important as Australia," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton...

Starwood Board Increases Share Repurchase Authorization To $1.5 Billion »

August 01, 2014 at 6:15AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend of {7}.35 and Special Dividend of {7}.65 Per Share
Stamford, Conn. - August 1, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a new $1.1 billion share repurchase authorization. Including approximately $400 million remaining under the prior authorization, Starwood’s total share repurchase authorization is now approximately $1.5 billion. Starwood has repurchased approximately $200 million of shares to date in 2014 and expects to accelerate the pace of its repurchases.
Frits van Paasschen, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Starwood has a strong balance sheet and we are executing well on our asset-light strategy...

GNC Launches In-store Fundraising Event To Support Pressley Ridge's Programs To Keep Children And Families Together »

August 01, 2014 at 5:42AM PDT | Source: GNC

Customers Who Make Donations in August will be Rewarded with a $10-off Coupon for September
PITTSBURGH - Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC), the nation's largest specialty retailer of health and wellness products, will reward customers who make in-store donations to Pressley Ridge, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, in August with a $10 coupon for any order over $50 made in September. The innovative fund-raising event will take place in approximately 100 corporate GNC stores across areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio and Virginia that are served by Pressley Ridge.
Pressley Ridge provides multiple services to keep children and families together under challenging circumstances, including foster care, crisis respite, education and autism...

Glass Doctor® Explains That A Proper Windshield Replacement Can Be A Lifesaver »

August 01, 2014 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: Glass Doctor

The Windshield: A Key to Vehicle Safety
Waco, TX - (Marketwired - July 31, 2014) - Your car windshield protects you from the elements while you drive. The descriptive name emphasizes its function: wind and shield. But, the most important function of a windshield is keeping the occupants of a vehicle from being ejected in an accident.
In the event of an accident, many people hope that the body of their vehicle will withstand the force of a collision. But, they may not realize that the windshield in modern vehicles can provide as much as 85% of a vehicle cabin's structural integrity in a collision.
As a result, the windshield plays a key role in keeping the roof from collapsing during a rollover, as well as making sure the airbag deploys in the correct position and helping to keep passengers from being ejected from the vehicle, greatly increasing the chances of survival...

Papa John's Announces 12% Increase In Quarterly Dividend »

August 01, 2014 at 5:17AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

Louisville, Ky. - August 1, 2014 - (Business Wire) - Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced that the Board of Directors has approved a 12 percent increase in the quarterly dividend payable on Papa John's International, Inc. common stock, resulting in a quarterly dividend rate of $0.14 per share, or $0.56 on an annual basis. The Board of Directors declared the $0.14 dividend per common share, payable August 22, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 13, 2014.
Forward-Looking Statements
Certain matters discussed in this press release which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Part I...



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